Zorzal

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Country of Origin: Argentina
Location: Gualtallary, Uco Valley
People: Gerardo, Matias, & Juan Pablo Michelini, Owners | Juan Pablo Michelini, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Items

Zorzal 2016 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir Rose, Tupungato Login WA 90 In Stock
Zorzal 2017 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir Rose, Tupungato Login On Order
Zorzal 2015 'Eggo' Franco (Cabernet Franc), Tupungato Login In Stock
Zorzal 2013 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login AG 92 In Stock
Zorzal 2015 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login WA 90+ AG 88 In Stock
Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir, Tupungato (Gualtallary) Login AG 90 WA 91+ <1 Case
Zorzal 2014 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir, Tupungato Login WA 90 AG 88 <1 Case
Zorzal 2016 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir, Tupungato New! Login On Order
Zorzal 2014 'Eggo' Tinto de Tiza, Tupungato Login WA 94 DEC 95 AG 91 In Stock



Media Links
Grape Collective: Elevating Malbec: Gerardo Michelini of Zorzal
Quench Magazine: Argentina's Canadian Connection
Around the World in 80 Harvests: A New Style of Wine in Mendoza: Interview with Winemaker Matias Michelini
Amanda Barnes Blog: 10 Argentine Winemaker's to Watch (Matias & Juan Pablo both mentioned)
Dining Out: Zorzal Wines
De Vinos y Vides: Juan Pablo Michelini: Creando Vinos en Huevos de Cemento

Social Media Links

Twitter: @micheliniwine, @juampimiche, @zorzalwines
Instagram: @micheliniwine09, @jpmiche, @geramichelini

Zorzal is a young winery that began in 2007 by the Michelini brothers, Gerardo, Matias, and Juan Pablo (the winemaker) along with a group of Canadian investors, with it’s first vintage being 2008. The winery and vineyards are located in the subregion of the Uco Valley called Gualtallary, outside the town of Tupungato, at approximately 4,500 feet above sea level, which makes it the highest winery in Mendoza. The estate consists of 70 hectares on a unique blend of sand, stones, and limestone and is planted to multiple varietals including Malbec, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as a few others.

The grapes are all harvested by hand, and the vision is to have minimal intervention (or a "light hand") in the winery so as to let the fruit and terroir shine. The winery practices organic methods in the vineyards and uses only indigenous yeast in the winemaking process. Zorzal tends to pick its grapes a little earlier (greener) than most in Mendoza to retain freshness and acidity in their wines instead of the overblown ripeness that is too often seen. They are already considered to be a rising star in Argentina with their focused wines and enticing expression of multiple varietals above and beyond their stunning Malbecs.

Reviews

  • Zorzal 2014 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir, Tupungato
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (5/23/2015)

    A partial amount of whole clusters were used in the fermentation of the 2014 Terroir Único Pinot Noir. It fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts. The aim with the Terroir Único line is to show the expression of the chalky soils of Gualtallary through the naked varietal so the wines never see any oak. The blend comes from three different vineyards with different soils and altitudes (1,00 to 1,450 meters) that each ripen at different times. Light ruby-colored, with aromas of roses and raspberries, this is very pure, perfumed and intoxicating. The wine matured in concrete vats until bottling. The palate is medium-bodied, with very good freshness. It is fluid, easy to drink (the maceration is not very long) and finishes with a chalky note. This is a bargain Pinot from Gualtallary.
  • Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (3/1/2016)

    (vinified with a portion of whole clusters): Bright pale-medium red. Pungent chalky lift to the aromas of raspberry, red cherry, white pepper and spices. Silky-smooth and extremely dry on the palate, with strong soil-driven salinity to the red fruit and spice flavors. Fascinating flavorful Pinot with suave, dusty tannins and excellent subtle persistence. Another fine value.
  • Zorzal 2013 Gran Terroir Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (3/1/2016)

    (from high-altitude vines in Gualtallary): Bright dark red. Exhilarating perfume of musky black raspberry, black pepper, chalk and licorice; smells weightless! Conveys the combination of tactile intensity and light touch of a top Burgundy, with notes of flowers, spices and chalk and penetrating saline minerality. A wine with rare energy and aromatic lift, this Malbec should age gracefully but already offers terrific sappy appeal.
  • Zorzal 2014 'Eggo' Tinto de Tiza, Tupungato
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (8/27/2015)

    The 2014 Eggo Tinto de Tiza is a blend from three different vineyards in Tupungato Winelands in Gualtallary. It's a blend of mostly Malbec with some Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. As is the case with the whole Eggo range, the wine didn't see any oak, and in this case it was matured in egg-shaped cement vats for one year. There are violets, plums, dark cherries and something earthy. This is slightly riper than the 2013. The medium-bodied palate has is fresh with a silky texture, pure flavors and a mineral-driven finish. At this price I'd buy it by the case.
  • Zorzal 2014 'Eggo' Tinto de Tiza, Tupungato
    Decanter
    Rating: 95 (10/1/2016)

    Look no oak – and what a delight! Malbec with a pinch of Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon, co-fermented and aged in a concrete egg. Very honest wine: fresh, with fine grain of tannins and pure dark fruits. Tiza is Spanish for chalk, referring to that chalky minerality.
  • Zorzal 2016 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir Rose, Tupungato
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (12/30/2016)

    The rosé 2016 Terroir Único Pinot Noir is produced with grapes from Tupungato fermented after pressing the grapes as if it was a white wine. It was bottled unoaked. It has a bright color, between salmon and roses, and a floral, clean nose. The palate shows some herbal notes that provide freshness and ends dry, with a mineral note. A serious rosé, delicious and fresh.
  • Zorzal 2015 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90+ (12/30/2016)

    The 2015 Terroir Único Malbec is produced with the fruit from eight- to 12-year-old vines on sandy and stony-limestone soils at 1,350 meters altitude. The destemmed grapes fermented in cement vats with indigenous yeasts and was kept in those vats between five and ten months until bottling, as there are four bottling lots. The nose is very fruit-driven and mixes berries with a hint of pollen and honey, giving it an accessible and easy to understand profile. The palate is juicy, with cherry flavors and almost unnoticeable tannins. It ends dry, with seriousness.
  • Zorzal 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91+ (12/30/2016)

    The 2014 Gran Terroir Pinot Noir follows a fermentation process similar to the Terroir Único, but the wine matured in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels for 14 months. There is a volatile touch intermixed with ripe wild berries and more development, with a spicy twist. The palate is medium-bodied and with grainy tannins, mixing ripeness with moderate acidity.
  • Zorzal 2014 Terroir Unico Pinot Noir, Tupungato
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (6/7/2017)

    Tangy aromas of red cherry, strawberry, minerals, sandalwood and herbs indicate some whole-cluster fermentation. Supple, silky and seamless but uncompromisingly dry and a bit diffuse. An intriguing, soil-driven Pinot with modest octane and thrust but immediate fresh appeal. Could use a bit more punch and definition, though. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins.
  • Zorzal 2014 'Eggo' Tinto de Tiza, Tupungato
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (7/6/2017)

    Musky, chalky aromas of red and darker berries and spices. Nicely dark, ripe blueberry and spice flavors show good definition and energy, not to mention sneaky intensity without weight. Lovely savory minerality adds another element. This was raised entirely in concrete eggs and I certainly don't miss the oak! A step up in sweetness and palate presence from most of the preceding Zorzal wines but with lovely harmonious acidity giving the wine a light touch. Finishes with firm, fine-grained tannins and lovely floral/spicy lift that leaves the mouth perfumed. A very successful blend--and a sappy, captivating drink.
  • Zorzal 2015 Terroir Unico Malbec, Tupungato (Gualtallary)
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (7/5/2017)

    Fresh scents of dark berries, black pepper, spices and herbs; as fresh and light in its way as the Zorzal Pinots. A juicy, smooth midweight with lively flavors of berries, licorice and spices. Good chalky lift to the suave finish. Again, I found myself wanting a bit more material. But with its fresh acidity, this Malbec offers easy drinkability. Finishes with a light dusting of tannins.